Bayonetta and Vanquish combo pack for PS4 and Xbox One

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Two games are better than one. It’s been announced today by Sega that they will be releasing two Platinum Games in combo pack. The Platinum Games Bayonetta and Vanquish will be releashed in bundle for PS4 and Xbox One owners. The bundle is called Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle. Whether you played these games or missed out, in February 18th, 2020, you will get the chance to play these classic Platinum video games. You can pre-order these games today and if you do, you will be given a Bayonetta & Vanquish original theme and 10th anniversary theme for PS4 owners. You can get this game in physical and digital copy for $39.99. The physical copy includes a steelbook case with a brand new cover art.

Bayonetta:

Twenty years ago, from a coffin submerged beneath a gloomy lake, a mysterious woman awoke.

Unable to recall her past, or even her own name, only a single memory of her unknown origin was left impressed upon her: the horrifying “witches’ power” to summon forth ferocious demons and annihilate the servants of heaven.

Returning to life in the modern world after centuries of absence, Bayonetta followed the clues of her hazy memories, eventually reaching the remote European city of Vigrid. Unimpeded by the countless legions of angels assailing her… Fateful meetings drawing out lost memories…

What lies in wait for Bayonetta…?

Vanquish:

Since the late 20th century, the precipitous pace of population rise on Earth pushed the total number of humans on the planet past 10 billion. The lack of consumable food and energy for this expanding population led to numerous wars over depleting natural resources. It was in this period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that America placed her hopes in the skies with the SC-01 Providence space colony.

The colony was not immune to social evils that had become prevalent on earth. The Order of the Russian Star, a faction of the Russian military who had taken power in their homeland via coup d’état, immediately launched a surprise invasion of the colony. They began work converting the microwave energy array into a powerful weapon in the skies, then unleashed this fearsome power upon the residents of San Francisco. The Order’s declaration of war via weapon of mass destruction complete, they demanded the unconditional surrender of the United States within 10 hours, under penalty of the destruction of New York City.

In steadfast refusal to cooperate with aggressors, the President had no choice but to order a military strike to annihilate the invaders and recapture the colony. The strike was to be led by Lt. Col. Robert Burns.

DARPA operative Sam Gideon has also been assigned to the mission with an advanced weapons prototype.

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NieR: Automata Demo Impression

What do you get when you cross a hack-and-slash video game and a company well known for making game series like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts? In the end, you get NieR: Automata, a video game in which you play as an Android whose duty is to protect the world from evil robot invasion.  According to Wikipedia, this game takes place in the Nier universe, a spin-off story of the Drakengard series. Thanks to Square and Platinum, they recently released a demo for this game on this PS4 called NieR: Automata DEMO 120161128. As a PS4 user and how much I love both Square Enix and Platinum games, I decided to download this demo and see if it’s worth the game.

Story

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where human life form no longer exists and it is overrun by robots. It’s up to the female Android 2B and her bot to fight against these robots and learn how to stop them. She is also accompanied by another android named 9S. Together, it’s up to them fend off these metal foes.

First of all, I never played any of Drakengard games nor know anything of NieR, but this world was breathtaking. The world looked very empty and it fits in with the themes of a world with no humans. Still, it is still a demo and we have yet to know what and where is the story. All we know is that 2B and 9S are fighting these robots.

Characters

In this demo, you only play as the silver-haird female robot named 2B.

Like most androids, 2B is a serious fighter that focuses on completing the missions and lacks some emotions. 2B is skilled with using her katanas and able to move fast as she slice through her targets. She is partnered up with another android named 9S, a young android boy who is quite the opposite of 2B. 9S has some emotions and he sometimes tries to be proper for 2B, even though it’s unnecessary. 9S is equipped with a robotic jetpack filled with fast jets and guns equipped.

While playing this demo, I notice that the relationship between these characters were more human even though they were androids. I like how, even though 9S was an android, he showed feelings for 2B and cared about her safety in the mission. My feelings for 2B was pretty neutral; there was nothing I didn’t like but there wasn’t anything I favored. Once I made it to the climax of the demo (the boss fight), I suddenly got interested in 2B. I won’t go into details but you can see what I mean in the videos I uploaded.

Gameplay (the meat of the impression)

Now this the meat of the post: gameplay!

Just like any other Platinum Game, this game relies on hack-and-slash combat with tricky villains and gigantic bosses. Like I said before, 2B is a fighter that can utilize her swords for fast combat and she has her bot to do the shooting, which actually comes in handy for distant foes.

I have played games like Bayonetta and Transformers: Devastation and I knew what to expect but I didn’t expect to play a huge world like this. The combat, with no exaggeration, is pretty fast and even the bad guys are smart. The game relies on the player to fight fast and use any skill to finish enemies. In this game however, the enemies can come in swarms too.

However, as a gamer who is used to playing fast games, this was icing on the cake. I really like using the sword combat to cut through my robot enemies and fighting giant enemies was epic as heck! Platinum Games is well-known for giant enemies and I wasn’t afraid to fight one. The giant bosses really tests you on your reflexes and you have to be ready for avoid taking damage.

Overall Impression

This game is epic and I recommend it if you are into fast games with troublesome foes. However, if games like smart enemies and giant bosses scare you, I wouldn’t recommend it. Personally, this game will probably be something I would buy especially if it’s done by my favorite companies. The world is huge, the characters feel real and combat is serious. This demo is free for PS4.

NieR: Automata will be available for PS4 and PC and it is set to be released on March 7th, 2017.

If you wish to see the gameplay, check out my playlist of myself playing the game. These videos shows me playing the demo and what to expect. There are six parts to this impression. Comment, like and subscribe to my YouTube channel!